Recorded on November 2, 1926. Not much is known about the Nugrape Twins. Based on their few recordings, they might have been a gospel group. This recording may have been a plug for Nugrape, a soda pop popular in the South similar to Orange Crush. Only different.
July 31, 2015 Subject:
Fantastic Song - and Nu-Grape Twin Information
One of my fave little tunes! Actually, I was able to unearth a fair amount of information about these two, from historical records.
Matthew and Mark Little were indeed twins, and listed in the Columbia session listings as the ones who recorded the song.
Born on September 16, 1888, the African-American twins were raised in Georgia and stayed there for most of their lives. Both served in WWI and are buried in the Marietta National Cemetery. The key tying these historical records to the above song is in the 1930 U.S. Census, were Mark Little is listed employment as an "advertiser" for the Nu-Grape plant.
June 22, 2015 Subject:
Love the twins, love the song
Something about this has stayed with me for years. I found it here many years ago and I could just hear 1926 in the sound. I hot day, a quick recording contract, a disc cutter. Anyway, something about this performance, like some old movies, sounds like an aural window to long ago.
They still make NuGrape. It is not as good as the song. It is available in Virginia, I saw it day-before yesterday at a nice store in Vienna.